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Recount requested in Bentley School millage vote

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BURTON (WJRT) -

(03/04/14) - A recount has been requested in the controversial Bentley School millage vote.

The Genesee County Clerk is asking state officials to look into allegations of voting irregularities.

John Gleason says he has received a number of complaints about the vote in the Bentley School District. He has now passed those complaints on to the Michigan State Police.

The State Police will turn the documentation over to the State Bureau of Elections.

A spokesman for the Secretary of State says the department will evaluate the allegations once the State Police have passed along the documentation.

Voters in Burton went to the polls Feb. 25 to decide a $5.2 million bond proposal. The issue went down to defeat by only 16 votes out of the 800 ballots cast that day.

Some who complained to Gleason say they saw voters handed multiple ballots. Others told him they were turned away from the polls and told to come back later.

"When you get multiple complaints, people's rights through their votes were compromised, we have to address them. So we're going to wait until we hear back from the State of Michigan about how we proceed through this," Gleason said.

Burton mayor Paula Zelenko says the complaints have been cleared up and she and the city clerk are satisfied there was nothing inappropriate at the polling place.

"Everything was above board. I find the county clerk's action are bizarre and unusual when he hasn't provided us with the information and he hasn't provided his own office with the information about what the concerns are," she said.

The election results have been certified, but since a recount has been requested, four members of the county Board of Canvassers will meet next week to decide if a recount is justified.

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